Having a cat can be one of the most rewarding experiences you'll ever have. But if you suspect that your cat has urinary problems, it's important to know what to look out for.
Sometimes, cats have urinary problems that don't mean anything serious—but other times, it could be a sign of something serious.
Urinary problems in cats can be caused by a variety of factors:
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Bladder stones
- Kidney disease
Cats are creatures of habit, so it's likely that your cat will exhibit symptoms when she or he first starts having trouble with urination. Some signs to look for include:
- Urinating outside of their litter box (even if it's been cleaned)
- Blood in the urine or stool
- Straining to urinate or difficulty urinating (especially in males)
- Painful or frequent urination (especially in males)
- Excessive licking of the genital area
- Hiding or not eating as much
- Offering food or water to your cat and having them refuse
It's important to get your cat checked out by a veterinarian if you notice any of these symptoms.
If you have more questions or wish to schedule Fluffy for a checkup, please don't hesitate to call us, your local veterinarian in Mt. Airy, MD anytime!